Re: “Obsessing over ‘assault weapons’ won’t prevent gun crimes” (Patrick O’Callahan column, 7-26).
O’Callahan apparently doesn’t recognize his own capacity to sound “unintentionally ridiculous” while defending semi-automatic weaponry. His own minor inconvenience at the target practice range apparently trumps the common sense of banning weapons that he admits – despite some lame protestations – are designed to be extremely and efficiently deadly to large numbers of humans.
It’s time for responsible gun owners, who one hopes are still the majority, to stand up to the NRA and the politicians who are afraid of them. Ending private ownership of such weapons, closing the gun show loophole and employing mental health background checks for gun purchases do not threaten to end gun ownership by the general populace, but are common sense and far from ridiculous.